Daily Archives: 11/09/2013

Security Industry Authority to host Business Licensing Roadshows

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) will be hosting a series of short briefings throughout the UK in October and November to explain the latest plans on the future of regulation for the private security industry.

Attending one of these events will provide representatives from security businesses with an outline of how business licensing will work under the new system: who has to be licensed, what you need to and when you need to do it.

SIA CEO Bill Butler

SIA CEO Bill Butler

The details for the 2013 Business Licensing Roadshows are as follows:

• Stoke on Trent: 10 October
• Belfast: 15 October
• Edinburgh: 17 October
• Leeds: 22 October
• Cardiff: 24 October
• Peterborough: 29 October
• Cheltenham: 5 November
• London: 14 November

These events will be free to attend. However, places are going to be limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Interested parties should book online

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Magenta Security aims for further success at Security Excellence Awards

Magenta Security has been nominated in three categories at the 2013 Security Excellence Awards.

With its head office in Hounslow and operations in Swindon, Kent, Birmingham and Manchester, Magenta Security has been shortlisted for Security Guarding Company of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year and Security Partnering Initiative of the Year at the prestigious Security Excellence Awards, which take place on Wednesday 23 October at the celebrated Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane.

The company won the Environmental Initiative of the Year ctegory in 2009 and 2012 – Magenta was also nominated in the same category in 2010 and 2011 – and was shortlisted for Security Guarding Company of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.

Magenta Security's managing director Abbey Petkar

Magenta Security’s managing director Abbey Petkar

12 months of success

Magenta Security has achieved considerable success during the last 12 months realising a 61% increase in profitability. Indeed, it’s one of the fastest-growing security guarding companies in the country, providing a wide range of bespoke security solutions.

As well as providing security officers, mobile patrols and electronic surveillance, partnerships with external suppliers mean that Magenta can provide a variety of additional services to clients.

Managing Director Abbey Petker said: “I’m delighted that Magenta Security has been shortlisted for three Security Excellence Awards. It is recognition of the excellent standard of services we offer our clients. We’re committed to providing them with a wide range of security solutions which meet their individual needs. This is achieved through a service-based ethos and intensive account management.”

Petkar concluded: “To be nominated once again for these prestigious industry awards shows that we continue to deliver a high quality of service across key areas.”

Now in their 15th year, the Security Excellence Awards promote and reward individuals and companies within the UK security industry for achieving the very highest standards and outstanding success.

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“Good police leadership is vital in delivering the Government’s radical policing reforms”

Speaking at the annual Police Superintendents’ Conference on Tuesday 10 September, Home Secretary Theresa May praised police officers for helping to cut crime throughout the course of this parliament.

The Home Secretary also said that effective leadership, increased transparency and better accountability would all be crucial towards ensuring the Government’s police reforms continue to drive down crime.

“As leaders, you are expected to have extremely high standards of integrity,” stated Theresa May. “Your responsibility to be truthful, ethical and effective – as leaders, police officers and as human beings – underlies all of what you do.”

May continued: “You cannot hope to retain the confidence of the public unless you are, and are recognised as being, honest and effective crime-fighters. Increasing transparency and accountability are critical to our reforms.”

Home Secretary Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May

Benefits of Government reform

The Home Secretary also set out the benefits of the reforms the Government has introduced, including elected Police and Crime Commissioners and the College of Policing. There’s a determination to carry on cutting away the red tape that keeps officers behind desks instead of out on the streets.

Theresa May also called on superintendents to ensure their officers use the crime-fighting potential of Stop and Search efficiently and effectively in order to avoid damaging community relations.

The Home Secretary then went on to promise further modernisation that will ease unnecessary burdens on police officers by improving IT services and ensuring that police officers are not called upon to deal with people suffering from mental health difficulties when medical attention may be more appropriate.

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